My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 - Year In Review

Babe Big Mean Muskie

2008 is at an end. It was another good year in Big Stuff, highlighted by our Brainerd trip, the Vining Sculpture Park, and another truly weird backstory that could challenge Big Louie for the Oddest Big Stuff Story crown. Here is a brief recap of all of the Big Stuff we saw in 2008.

Repurposed Happy Chef Serpent

March 19th - A-Z Happy Chef, Princeton, MN
March 19th - Giant Walleye, Isle, MN
March 19th - Big Mean Fish, Isle, MN
March 19th - Walleye Capital of the World?, Garrison, MN
March 19th - Robin Hood, Garrison, MN
March 19th - Leaping Deer, Deerwood, MN
March 19th - Sea Serpent, Crosby, MN
March 19th - Babe the Blue Ox, Brainerd, MN
March 19th - Paul & Babe Bowling, Baxter, MN
March 20th - World's Largest Art Tractor, New York Mills, MN

World's Largest Dala Horse Pliers

June 29th - Small Pelicans in a Big Pelican Town, Pelican Rapids, MN
June 29th - Vining Sculpture Park, Vining, MN
June 29th - Our Lady of the Hills, Urbank, MN
June 29th - World's Largest Dragonfly, Ottertail, MN
June 29th - Giant Metal Otter, Ottertail, MN
July 26th - Beach Dude, Hampton, MN
August 2nd - World's Largest Dala Horse, Mora, MN
August 2nd - Pine City Voyageur, Pine City, MN
August 16th - St. Urho, Menahga, MN
August 16th - Giant Ice Cream Cone, Wadena, MN
October 4th - Iggy the Iguana, St. Paul, MN
October 11th - Giant Green Adirondack Chair II, Minneapolis, MN
October 11th - Giant Mermaid, Mounds View, MN

World's Largest Art Tractor World's Largest Dragonfly

Monday, December 8, 2008

"Old Three Legs" Gets Makeover

So this isn't exactly Big Stuff, but it's a neat bit of history from my home county and the following report from Roadside America does a decent job of tying it into Big Stuff.

Makeover For Minnesota's Killer Wolf
December 8, 2008

For years a lone wolf nicknamed “Old Three Legs” worried the citizens of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He ate chickens, mostly, but some believed that he was a potential child-chewer, and his knack of not getting shot made him more fearsome. “Hunting parties of hundreds could not bring him down,” reads a lurid report on WDAY-TV, “his reign of terror still unmatched.”

(It’s no surprise that Old Three Legs hung around Detroit Lakes, if the nearby World’s Largest Turkey, Pelican, and Booming Prairie Chicken symbolize the local food supply.) continue reading....

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